Wayne takes most of his meals at the shelter. He tries to eat enough to stay full overnight until the shelter opens for breakfast. Wayne’s shoes were purchased at Walmart. He thinks Walmart has good prices and quality. Wayne believes stores like Sears overcharge for their “stuff”.
What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?
“It’s having enough money to last the month. I’m on a fixed income; a disability pension. I used to work at a small factory in Oldcastle. The factory did undercoating for auto parts. But, the factory closed. It’s hard for me to find work at my age. By the time I pay rent for my apartment, and budget for laundry costs, I’m left with only $20 for the rest of the month. Hydro’s going up; the cost of living is going up, too. When is it going to end? I try to make sense out of all of it. And, stretch my money the best that I can. I have to watch where I spend it. I live alone so it’s harder for me. I have no family or friends that can help me out.”
What would you like people to know about living in poverty?
“Tell them there are always places like this shelter that they can come to for clothes, shoes, boots and for something to eat. Getting things second-hand is better than having nothing!”
“There are not too many people in the world like Christine (the administrator of the shelter) that help others. Especially at her age when she could be retired and relaxing.”
“I see commercials on TV about third world countries. The people there have no food and no clean clothes. Plus, they have diseases. They’re the ones who should be complaining, not us. They’re the people who need money the most.”